In a groundbreaking move, Polestar and Volvo have joined the ranks of automakers adopting Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) for their electric vehicles (EVs). The agreement allows Polestar and Volvo to utilize Tesla’s extensive Supercharger network, marking a seismic shift in the EV charging landscape.
Starting in 2025, all electric vehicles from Polestar and Volvo will be equipped with the NACS port, enabling them to access Tesla’s Supercharger network in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. With over 12,000 fast-chargers and ongoing expansion efforts, Tesla’s Supercharger network offers a convenient and far-reaching infrastructure for electric vehicle owners.
For existing Polestar and Volvo EV models equipped with CCS-type charge ports, the companies will offer adapters that allow them to connect to Tesla’s chargers. Volvo’s current lineup includes models such as the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge, the recently unveiled EX30, and the upcoming three-row EX90 SUV. Polestar, on the other hand, currently offers the high-riding Polestar 2 hatchback, with the Polestar 3 SUV expected to enter production early next year.
Volvo plans to release the CCS-to-NACS adapter in the first half of next year, while Polestar aims for a mid-year launch. The pricing for these adapters has yet to be disclosed. Additionally, both automakers intend to offer a NACS-to-CCS adapter for their 2025 models, providing flexibility for EV owners who prefer the CCS charging style.
While Polestar and Volvo are the first foreign automakers to adopt Tesla’s charging port, several U.S. manufacturers have already signed similar agreements. Ford led the way, followed by General Motors, and most recently Rivian. Furthermore, there are rumors of Hyundai and Stellantis considering the implementation of the NACS port in their future models.
The widespread adoption of Tesla’s NACS by automakers signifies a collaborative effort to provide a unified and seamless charging experience for electric vehicle owners. As the electric vehicle market continues to expand, establishing a standardized charging infrastructure becomes increasingly vital, making it easier for individuals to embrace sustainable transportation options.